Sunday, March 23, 2008

Moment In History: 2001 vs Lewis & Clark

During the past two seasons at Linfield home games the Wildcats would run "Today in Wildcat Histoy" spots that was presented by local advertisers. The below clip is a rough cut as the final spot had a different into, outro, and music was embedded in the clip but the action was the same.

Here is the clip that was ran during the Oct 20, 2007 home game vs L&C:

Oct. 20, 2001

Linfield rolled up a school-record 931 all-purpose yards during a 63-20 rout of the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at Maxwell Field. Marty Williams rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Matthews passed for 373 yards and three TDs to pace the Wildcats. As a team, Linfield passed for 511 yards, rushed for 282 yards and also gained 118 yards on kickoff, punt and interception returns.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

'Cat Tracker: Alumni News

Former Linfield Wildcats have been making moves in the coaching ranks and in the indoor football leagues this past winter/early spring. Here is your 'Cat Tracker Update:

Former Linfield Offensive Lineman Alecki Pasqua (1997) has recently been named as the offensive line coach of the Portland State Vikings. Alecki has been working hard since leaving Linfield with stops at University of Oregon, Western Washington, Western Oregon, and now has landed his highest profile gig for the Vikings. Congrats to Alecki!

Longtime Linfield Coach and former player (1974) Wes Suan has followed his friend June Jones back to the mainland and to SMU to assume the running back coach duties for the Mustangs. Coach Suan was a fixture at the 'Catdome for 19 years in various duties for the Linfield offense and was also the associate athletic director. Coach moved back home to the islands following the 1998 Linfield season and went to work for Hawaii's head man, June Jones.

A trio of former Linfield greats are in the Boise area looking to make the cut on the Boise Burn's Arena 2 roster. WR Casey Allen (2005) and DB/WR/Holder/Return man/Coach Brandon Hazenberg (2005) are looking to return for their 2nd year with the Burn while former All-Conference fixture Chris Boock (cornerback) will be trying to crack the Burn roster for the first time. Brandon will also be returning to the Linfield coaching staff this next year for his 3rd season on staff. Boock (2005) has been on staff for the West Salem High Titans, who had their best season in program history last year when WSH made it to the 6A state semi-finals.

Linfield fan favorite and conference stand-out Thomas Ford (2004) is down in Prescott, Arizona breaking in yet another new indoor franchise. A Linfield role model and former stand-out running back is looking to help lead the Arizona Adrenaline of the American Indoor Football Association in their first year of existence. Last year, Thomas was an offensive leader for the 1st year Alaska Wild of the Intense Football League. T.Ford spent his first two years with the Tri-Cities Fever (2004-2005) where played a vital role in the Fever capturing the National Indoor Football League's championship in their first year as a franchise. Then, he helped usher the Fever's move into the Arena Football League 2 the following season. Thomas will be back on staff next season for the 'Cats as running backs coach and we're thankful we have him.

Former Linfield All-American and D3 Player of the Year, Brett Elliott, is currently on the Injured Reserved for the defending Arena League champions, The San Jose Sabercats. This is Brett's first year on the Sabercats roster and is looking to break into the indoor game. In the years after Linfield, Brett signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers of the NFL where he spent two training camps competing for a roster spot, and also spent a full season in the now shut down NFL Europe where Brett played for Germany's Rhein Fire.

If you know if any other former 'Cat involved with football in a coaching or playing capacity please give me the iggy on what they are up to:

Friday, March 7, 2008

Linfield Review: Cats lend helping hand

Just came across this article in Linfield's student run newspaper, The Linfield Review, and here is another great example of the incredible people that reside in our football program.

In an article in the previous edition of The Review, it focused on Junior Darcy Thompson. Darcy recently had a baby boy and decided that she needed to complete her education in order to give her and her baby the best chance of success in the future. The college doesn't provide on-campus living for family living so she moved into a nearby apartment. The article briefly mentioned that Darcy didn't have much furniture in her apartment for her and her baby boy.

Upon reading this Linfield Offensive Line Coach Doug Hire rallied members of the football team to help pitch in and provide Darcy with an apartment full of the necessary furniture to make Darcy and her baby more at home. You can read the story the football team provided here.

We're all very proud of the program for their continued success on the field but hearing these stories of the Wildcats off the field should make fans of Linfield football even more proud.

Great job Wildcats!!!!

Linfield Review Article: Football coach, players dontate time, furniture
Linfield Review Article: Student mom faces housing challenges